WEBE Wellness: What Sleep Loss Does To Our Physical And Mental Health

WEBE Wellness: What Sleep Loss Does To Our Physical And Mental Health

A good night’s sleep is important for our overall health. How much sleep we need varies – but the bottom line is that we need it every night!

A few nights of sleep loss can lead to deterioration of both your physical as well as mental well-being. And just one night of bad sleep creates the biggest jump in symptoms. So that means if you’re sleep-deprived during the week, and then when you try to “catch up” and sleep in on the weekends is something to avoid.

Getting more rest on the weekend won’t help for the week – because that first night of poor sleep will significantly change how well you can function.

And it’s not like you’re staying up all night – sleep loss is defined as about 90 minutes of restlessness. Researchers have found losing sleep produces feelings of anger, nervousness, loneliness, irritability, and frustration. Physical symptoms were found as well – upper respiratory issues, aches, and gastrointestinal issues.

Those mental and physical health symptoms remained elevated with each night of sleep loss and didn’t return to normal until those studied had a night of sleep lasting more than six hours.

Nearly a third of us get less than six hours a night, and it’s a habit that’s hard to break – but the sooner you start getting the rest you need, the better you’ll feel!

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WEBE Wellness: What To Do When You Don’t Want To Exercise

WEBE Wellness: What To Do When You Don’t Want To Exercise

You know exercise if good for you, but what do you do when you don’t have the energy for it? Here are some tips that professional trainers do when they don’t feel like working out:

First, just do a few minutes – a workout doesn’t need to be long to be of benefit – 20 minutes of walking or jogging can go a long way.

Listen to music first – in can get you in the right space to help motivate you.

Also, find a fun way to move – if you don’t like running, try something else – jumping rope, rowing, a spin class – if you like doing something, you’ll be more motivated to do it.

And sometimes, it’s okay if you just don’t want to work out. An extra rest day occasionally is fine – the last thing you want is to push yourself to the point where you hate to exercise.

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WEBE Wellness: Being A Weekend Warrior

WEBE Wellness: Being A Weekend Warrior

You want to exercise – but doing it daily can be such a chore. But maybe you can sit out during the week and just be a weekend warrior – a new study shows exercising only on the weekends can do as much for your health as if you did it every day!

To be considered an active adult, those between the ages of 18 and 64 should strive for 2 and half hours of moderate exercise per week – or 75 minutes of intense exercise.

You can split that up – a brisk 30 minute treadmill walk every weekday – or an intense hour and fifteen-minute run on one day.

If you’re looking to lose weight or build muscle, you’ll need to do more. But if you’re looking to maintain an active lifestyle, this is the one time when it’s okay to cram at the last minute.

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WEBE Wellness: How Feeling “Hangry” Affects You

WEBE Wellness: How Feeling “Hangry” Affects You

You’ve known it and I’ve known it, and everyone has known it – but now science has proven it. A new study shows that being “hangry” is a real thing.

The word is a combination of hungry and angry – and the study shows that not eating really does make us mad.

If we’re craving food, we’re a full 1/3 angrier, irritable, and take less pleasure in whatever we happen to be doing. But what set this study apart was it wasn’t in the lab – it was all done in the real world.

However, once you eat, you don’t immediately get happier – feeling hangry can affect your overall mood for a day, and even leave you in a rut for days afterwards.

So, if you’re feeling hangry, make sure you eat something – and avoid your coworkers for a while.

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